Dan told us that he wants to be baptised on 8 March.
We met with J. and read 2 Nephi 31 together. The spirit was so strong and she wants to be baptised sooner than later....on the 8th of March :)
A.'s baptism was a beautiful dream. She looked like an angel and before the baptism was absolutely giddy with excitement! Nothing could bring her down.
She asked Sister Esslinger and I to speak. I spoke about when Sister Baker and I taught her the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I told Joseph Smith's account of seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the spirit was so strong it seemed tangible. But at that exact moment of sharing the account, a LOUD, MASSIVE storm began to rage outside. This was a defining lesson for me as I was able to so dramatically witness the clear contrast between darkness and chaos, and peace, warmth and light. My talk was centred on Helaman 5:12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
Because of Jesus Christ, darkness CANNOT win. Christ is the LIGHT of the world and He eases our burdens, and brings joy, hope and purpose to our souls.
A. was so happy :) She bore her testimony after the baptism on Heavenly Father's love. A. is a woman of so much FAITH. She has a lot of hard things in her life, but trust 100% that Heavenly Father loves her, and will bless her and her family as they are obedient to His commandments.
We had stake conference this week. Wow. Elder Paul Coward of the seventy (from New Zealand) was asked by Elder Ballard to speak to the Narre Warren Stake. Saturday night he invited all members 12+ to attend--missionaries included. WHAT a SPEAKER! Holy goodness!!!!
At one point he had all the missionaries stand up. There were 10 stes of elders and 2 sets of sisters. He called our zone leaders to the podium and asked what our average lesson count as a zone was. When they told him, he asked, could you do more? We all nodded our heads. He then asked if the missionaries in our zone have the skill to teach more lessons, again they told him yes. He then look out at the congregation and boldly and powerfully stated "Now is the time to link arms with the missionaries. Fill these missionaries planners." His entire talk was about how the members must be HASTENING the work of Salvation.
I love this work so much. I'm having such a blast, and I am so happy. Thanks for sending me the glitter, mom. I imagine if I were to explode due to so much joy, it would probably look like that ;)
Love you heaps and heaps. Keep choosing the right!!!
Word by word I'm starting to say Aussie (meaning like a word a month, so still not much..haha)
Here are some new words for me: ranga, bogan, capsicum.
I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK SO MUCH!!!! This is truly the biggest and coolest blessing ever.
I was feeling a little sad this week because D. knows this is the truth, he's just felt so uneasy about baptism. Earlier this week we got to go to the Temple (best ever!!!!) and I was sitting inside and opened up the scriptures and the first verse I looked at was 3 Nephi 11:25. When I read it I felt soooo happy and I just KNEW that he would be baptised!!! It's not if, it's when. He's so great though, we were cracking up big time hearing about how he tore it up at the last Young Single Adult Stake dance. hahahaha
A. is pristine and can hardly wait to be baptised this Saturday.
This week we got to teach her children :)) (her 13 and 12 year old kids) We showed them the Restoration DVD and I was a tad worried that her son would get bored and leave or hate it or something (haha he's a funny kid) But as soon as it ended, he matter-of-fact states "That was actually really, really good." The spirit was so strong!! He said that he wants to live like Jesus Christ and be baptised. He's prepping for 8 March. So much joy :)
D.(a sweet little member of our ward) got baptised this week and it was so so special. I love this family to pieces.
Joseph Smith had a question, and took it to our Father in Heaven.
He received his answer, just as I know that all of us can too.
I have no doubt of the promise in Moroni chapter 10.
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are nottrue; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faithin Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Keep finding the good in everything and everyone!!! Love y'all forever and ever! xoxoxoxo Sister Stevenson
Sister St. is getting so confident in every aspect of missionary work and I love her to pieces. Faith in Jesus Christ produces outstanding miracles. Faith is not simply an expression of belief, but a power! Never think that you can't change! With Christ's help, all things are possible.
My eye got super infected this week and we had to stay home a bit because I looked....so scary. I was about ready to explode with readiness to leave. But my prayers were heard and within 2 days it healed and we were able to go out and work again. I LOVE working hard, especially when it's 100+ degrees :)!
We have started teaching A.'s kids :))) Wouldn't it be a dream come true if they could be baptised with her on the 22nd? They LOVE church and the friends they've met in young men's and young women's. Their home has been so blessed because of the gospel! Heavenly Father puts us into families for a reason!
We were tracting this week and met a lovely Sri Lankan lady. She immediately invited us in when she read "Jesus Christ" on our badges. We taught her to pray and she was so happy. I love this work so much.
Dan. and D. Kirikiri should both be getting baptised on Saturday. YAY!
I know without any doubt that the Lord is hastening His work! There are almost 85,000 missionaries around the world now!!! But it's not enough to simply cheer for those numbers! I invite you to commit your heart, might, mind and strength to missionary work as well. There is no greater feeling than assisting in bringing people to Jesus Christ.
Today we fed kangaroos!! One attacked me because it knew I had food, but I'm alive so all is well. Only my ankle had blood on it ;)
We went to a park this morning for our P-day.
I love being a missionary for Jesus Christ!!! It is a life of JOY sharing this beautiful message of HOPE.
I hope you all had a glorious week! I can't believe it's so frigid on that side of the globe. Kids over here are having school cancelled too. Except for too hot of weather, haha!
Oh my goodness, this week we met and started teaching the most amazing kids from Zimbabwe. We taught the Plan of Salvation and they soaked it all in. They had so many insightful questions and it all just seemed to click for them. We were sooooo happy all week to meet with them the next weekend. But then they texted us and told us their mum says they can't meet with us any more but they are so grateful for what they have learnt. (that's a word here) It. Was. Devastating. Sometimes being a missionary is so sad :( But I'm so grateful that we were able to meet them and teach them at all.
Last week Dan told us that all these thoughts were coming to his head and how he was about to drop everything that he's learned and step away. I guess he picked up his Book of Mormon and started reading where he left off. He read Jacob 6:8
Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make amock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
It hit him so hard. He's told us repeatedly, you have my number and my address, do not let me back out of this. I know it's what I'm supposed to do, I don't want to mess it up.
We all need pushes in life.
If we want to talk to God, we do so by prayer. If we want Him to talk to us, we not only listen, but we read the scriptures. I can confidently say that I hear Heavenly Father speaking to me as I study the scriptures.
A. is going through so much more than I realized. She is suffering so much :( Her FAITH and love and dependence on Heavenly Father is so inspiring. She is being attacked from almost all angles in her life. Has she decided to be bitter or angry or turn to substances for comfort? No way. A. knows that she cannot make it through this alone and has realized that she is not alone. She has another family at church, and she knows she has a Father in Heaven who is always there!!! It's so cool, she literally GLOWS. She has such a radiance about her compared to the A. we first met while knocking doors. She is in a horrible situation, but has decided to choose to be happy. Choose happy. I love it.
A. told us that this week she has received so much revelation and now she understands that it is only in our church that has the correct Priesthood Authority of God. I love how Joseph Smith asks which church he should JOIN, not which is true. You can feel the Holy Ghost and God's love in any church that testifies of Him!!! A. has come to realize that all churches have truth, but ours is the only with complete truth. That is quite a bold statement. But I have no doubt of it. And I know that if anyone were to ask sincerely, they would find out the same.
When we asked A. when she wanted to be baptised, she said, "tomorrow?" Haha :) So much joy. Our chapel is super booked for the next bit....so baptismal date TBA :))
Sister St. is improving IMMENSELY! Ah i love that girl so much. She is so unique and funny and a true friend. I've gained so much from being her companion. I love her desire to bring people to Christ, as well as have us grow closer to Him as well.
Sister R. is Sister F's new companion!! That's the sister who I heard about by the shoe salesman in St George!!!! Holy goodness. I adore her sooooooooo much!!
My purpose as a missionary is to bring people to Christ. Isn't that the greatest thing ever?!!! I love the HOPE that Jesus Christ and His gospel brings! Hope is a trust in God's timing and promises. Worldly hope is just thoughts, but Godly hope leads to action. And that is why I'm on a mission! I want everyone to have the hope that I have! How can you all share hope with others? I can tell you this, there is no greater hope than the Plan of Salvation. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Love y'all foreva and eva (Sis St. says I'm kinda picking up an Aussie accent----oh my!)